- Don't put a TV in your kids' bedrooms where they can retreat from family life. Kids with a TV in their bedrooms spend an average of almost 1.5 hours more per day away from their family.
- Turn on your phone's answering machine during sacred family times like at dinner time.
- Leave the computer in a central family spot where you can connect with your kids even for a short backrub.
- Let the off-switch work to create quality family interactions.
- Turn off your TV when you're not watching -- especially during family meals. Sixty-four percent of 8-18 year olds surveyed say the TV is usually on during family meals. Research finds that leaving the TV on when unwatched is a communication barrier -- especially to younger kids or children who are more easily distracted.
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